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EU Regulators Delay Google's Motorola Buy, Seeking More Info 45

Posted by timothy
from the power-to-destroy dept.
judgecorp writes "The European Commission is delaying Google's proposed purchase of Motorola Mobility, saying it wants 'more infromation.' Europe may be nervous of the power the purchase will give Google in the mobile space."
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EU Regulators Delay Google's Motorola Buy, Seeking More Info

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  • Dangerous delays (Score:4, Insightful)

    by owlstead (636356) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @09:44AM (#38354946)

    Although I am generally in favor of the government organizations checking on private companies (I think there is no such thing as a *fully* free market), I think the EU is sometimes overshooting their goal. It seems to me that there is no reason to disallow this deal. So generally what happens is just the delay, which can kill the value of the company that is being taken over. Sure, large take overs take time, but adding time to the deal in this fast paced sector can cost tens to hundreds of millions of dollars really quick. Hopefully they will not take months (again) to validate the deal.

  • Open Android (Score:3, Interesting)

    by linuxwolf69 (1996104) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @09:53AM (#38355086)
    My question is, will they open the bootloader of the motorola phones that have been, or will be, released so that they have a truly open device?
    • Re:Open Android (Score:4, Interesting)

      by eric_brissette (778634) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @10:06AM (#38355242)

      If they were to offer such a feature, I'm guessing they would also give carriers the option to disable it.

    • by mlts (1038732) *

      I wouldn't mind seeing a device ship locked, but with fastboot oem unlock available. This way, there is at least a barrier against the Dancing Bunnies attack, where Joe Sixpack is at least likely to think twice if he has to download a package from Oracle, then one from Google, and after installing those, type some commands in a funny window in order to get some app to work.

      I'd love to see Motorola do like HTC and offer not just an open bootloader, but full ROM images ready to use for custom modding. Espec

      • Yes, I'd be good with that option as well. I'm seriously considering HTC as my next device. Had no troubles unlocking, rooting, and putting a rom on my HTC Flyer tablet. Was much easier than working with my DroidX.
        • by mlts (1038732) *

          Exactly. My HTC Inspire 4G, I rooted, gold-card S/OFF-ed, and unlocked while in the AT&T store. The Droid X now isn't too bad (I SHX flashed to the latest ROM, then rooted and added ClockworkMod for fast and thorough backups [1].)

          What is annoying is that new models like the Atrix 2 don't even have factory ROMs out in the wild, so even a soft brick/bootloop isn't recoverable at this time.

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